Litany of Saint Clare



Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
    Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,  Pray for us.
Holy Mother Clare,  Pray for us.
Holy Mother Clare, renowned in deed and name, etc.
Holy Mother Clare, brighter than the light,
Holy Mother Clare, great in merits,
Holy Mother Clare, free from the stain of sin,
Holy Mother Clare, bright light illumining the world,
Holy Mother Clare, new luminary,
Holy Mother Clare, star of the heavens,
Holy Mother Clare, renowned virgin,
Holy Mother Clare, saintly virgin,
Holy Mother Clare, prudent virgin,
Holy Mother Clare, shining splendor of Heaven,
Holy Mother Clare, friend of the Cross,
Holy Mother Clare, mourning dove,
Holy Mother Clare, spouse of God,
Holy Mother Clare, disciple of Christ,
Holy Mother Clare, city of the Saviour,
Holy Mother Clare, vessel of purity,
Holy Mother Clare, pattern of obedience,
Holy Mother Clare, model of patience,
Holy Mother Clare, marvel of abstinence,
Holy Mother Clare, prodigy of sanctity,
Holy Mother Clare, mother of poverty,
Holy Mother Clare, flower of virginity,
Holy Mother Clare, palm of fecundity,
Holy Mother Clare, fountain of charity,
Holy Mother Clare, endowed with every virtue,
Holy Mother Clare, guardian of consecrated virgins,
Holy Mother Clare, little plant of the Friars Minor,
Holy Mother Clare, sweetest mistress,
Holy Mother Clare, despising vanities,
Holy Mother Clare, triumphing over the demons,
Holy Mother Clare, most devoted to the Blessed Sacrament,
Holy Mother Clare, emulating our holy father Saint Francis,
Holy Mother Clare, craving the food of the word of God,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

V.    Pray for us, O blessed mother Clare,
R.    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

        We beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thy servants who are renewing the votive commemoration of Thy holy virgin, our mother Clare, may by her intercession become partakers of the heavenly joys, and co-heirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Thou Who livest and reignest, world without end, R. Amen.
        O God, Who wast pleased that our holy mother Saint Clare, by the splendor of her virtues, should become a guiding light to innumerable virgins, grant through her intercession and merits that those virgins may always walk in this light here on earth and may be found worthy to enjoy the perpetual serenity of Thy Face in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  R. Amen.


        St. Clare, Foundress of the Poor Clares: Born in Assisi of a noble family in 1194, St. Clare refused to marry at age twelve, and at age eighteen ran away from her family on Palm Sunday night of the year 1212 to take the vows of religion and receive the Franciscan habit from St. Francis of Assisi.  She was joined by her sister Agnes, who also ran away from home and who was miraculously preserved from being dragged back home by 12 armed men sent by her father.  Later, both daughters were joined by another sister and by their mother.  St. Clare and her followers lived solely on alms; like St. Francis, they loved the virtue of poverty.  St. Clare suffered from illness for 27 years.  She also performed many miracles.  When the soldiers of Emperor Frederick II's army on the attack were scaling the convent walls, St. Clare, though ill, had herself carried out to the gate.  There she had the Blessed Sacrament set up in sight of the enemy.  She pleaded with Our Lord to spare her “children," the nuns.  Our Lord answered her, "I will have them always in My care." The marauders suddenly fled.  St. Clare is often pictured with a monstrance to commemorate this miraculous deliverance.  She died in 1253.